'˜Amazing' Pauline's decade of help at hospice shop

A woman who has raised over £20,000 for Bluebell Wood's Children's Hospice has celebrated ten years as a volunteer.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21 February, 2018, 05:00
Pauline Higbid, aged 82, who has raised over £20,000 for Bluebell Woods Childrens Hospice, has celebrated ten years as a volunteer. She is pictured with racey Woolsey, Manager of Bluebell Woods Sheffield shop.

Pauline Higbid, who lives in Hagg Lane, Crosspool, has turned up in all weathers to help out at the Sheffield shop, on King Street, every Tuesday for the last decade, come rain or shine.

Former nurse Pauline, aged 82,has also raised over £20,000 for the charity that supports children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.

She said: “When I retired I wanted something to keep me busy. I know the amazing things that hospices can achieve and what a lovely atmosphere they create for families, so I joined the Bluebell Wood support group. This is run by Ann Clarke in Dore and it’s a wonderful group.

“I started working at the Sheffield shop every Tuesday. I enjoy being on the till, sorting stock or whatever I’m asked to do. We’ve got a super leader in Tracey and because it’s such a good team and everyone pulls together, you don’t mind doing whatever’s asked of you.

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“With volunteering there’s always something to do. I’ve shaken buckets at Hillsborough and I love selling. Bluebell Wood is such a wonderful place to raise money for. It must be such a haven for families.”

Tracey Woolsey, Manager of Bluebell Wood’s Sheffield shop: “Pauline is amazing. She turns up every week without fail. Even in snowy weather she arrives on the dot, wearing her grippers. She has worked so hard and been so reliable. I cannot praise her highly enough and just want to thank her for everything she does for Bluebell Wood and its families.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Terry Lowell on 01909 508116 or email terry.lowell@bluebellwood.org.